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City of Madera and Madera Ranchos Highways 99 and 145

From stagecoach holdups to the hunt for notorious outlaw Black Bart, Madera County has a rich history of the gold rush, the logging industry, and the struggle to become its county. Madera, which means “wood” in Spanish, shifted from a thriving timber market to a bountiful agriculture industry. It is now a gateway to Yosemite National Park, hosting tourists and locals alike in quaint towns and cities that evolved from a lively past. 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of Madera County. Join us in an eventful year of celebration! More information regarding anniversary events can be found at MaderaCounty.com. Find us on Facebook.

The mountain area is rich in the history of the 1859 California Gold Rush towns, with names such as Coarsegold, Finegold, Grub Gulch, Ahwahnee, and Nipinnawassee. In 1856, Madera became a California county. The discovery of gold brought the first big wave of immigrants, most of them placer miners who worked along the streams that were rich in precious metal, and soon a new mining era came with the development of hard-rock ledge mining for gold, silver and copper.  

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LOCAL SMALL SHOP EVENT with Papagni Winery
Saturday, May 18, 2024
11AM - 4PM
Live Music Sunday with Scott Patrick
Sunday, May 19, 2024
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
AXIS Grounded Music Series Featuring: Jeff Stemple
Friday, May 24, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Our annual Visit Yosemite | Madera County Visitors Guide can answer all your questions about visiting California's Gateway to Yosemite. From the park itself to the museums, wineries, art galleries and more throughout Madera County, our guide can help you plan the perfect vacation. Please note that we mail to the USA only, but anyone can download the guide.
Visit Yosemite - Madera County
Oakhurst Visitor Center, 40343 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-4636
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